The company is responsible for the marketing, distribution and bottling of Coca-Cola products across Europe, and employs more than 23,000 people.
It is also in the midst of a “cloud-first digital transformation” that is focused on bolstering the ability of the company to put its business data to good use, while reducing the risk of supplier lock-in with the use of open source technologies.
To this end, the company has enlisted the help of IBM to support its push to create an open, hybrid cloud environment based on Red Hat OpenShift and its Enterprise Linux distribution that will pave the way for its to modernise its applications and run them in the IBM Cloud, and potentially embrace a multi-cloud strategy in future.
For example, the company intends to draw on Red Hat OpenShift’s Kubernetes containerisation technology to build cloud-native apps that can run in the IBM Cloud, while tapping into Big Blue’s Multi-Cloud Management platform so its on-premise, legacy workloads can be integrated and managed alongside its private and public cloud-based ones from the same portal.
The two entities already have something of a shared history, having started working together back in 2018 when they embarked on a cloud migration project centred on moving one third of CCEP’s enterprise workloads from a dedicated datacentre in the US to the IBM Cloud in Europe.